En Corps Hosts Spring Dance Concert Auditions

This past Monday and Wednesday, En Corps Council, a group of School dance representatives, held its annual Spring Dance Concert (SDC) auditions from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the stage in the Kirby Arts Center.

This past Monday and Wednesday, En Corps Council, a group of School dance representatives, held its annual Spring Dance Concert (SDC) auditions from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the stage in the Kirby Arts Center. Largely because of athletic conflicts that prevented many students from attending, an additional SDC audition night was organized this past Thursday. Students learned a short dance routine and then performed for all SDC choreographers multiple times in an audition process that took approximately 15 minutes.

This year’s SDC is especially notable, since it will celebrate 20 years of dance at Lawrenceville by bringing alumni back to perform.

SDC representative Evelyn Dugan ’21 said, “SDC is an opportunity for all students at Lawrenceville, regardless of their dance experience, to work with student choreographers to create dances and movements. We all work together. It is the biggest event on campus in regards to how many students participate.”

Izzy Sweeney ’20 has been choreographing dances for SDC since her III Form year. With regards to the auditions, Sweeney said that choreographers “get the second end of the stick. We’re waiting inside as other people from the dance program are helping outside, so we see the final product. We do the scouting for… who has really good energy and who looks excited.”

Sweeney also mentioned that one of her goals for SDC this year as a co-choreographer, alongside fellow co-choreographer Lily Murphy ’20, is to try a new style, “step out of her comfort zone, and stick with the new idea and not take the easy route out.”

From a dancer’s perspective, member of the Lawrenceville School Dance Collective and Lawrenceville Dance Team Isabelle Lee ’21 said that the audition process is “really short and simple.” She added that she enjoys SDC as a whole, especially because “SDC is a way for dance to speak on campus to get its representation…and it’s a way for dancers to utilize this opportunity to showcase what we have to the community.”

Many students auditioned with their teams after sports practices or with members of their House. Layla Shaffer ’22, a member of the Carter House and the Big Red Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team, auditioned this past Monday.

“I was kind of nervous going into it because I have absolutely no dance experience, but being on the hockey team, I felt that a lot of us just wanted to go out there and show what we have. I was excited for that because I had nothing to lose,” Shaffer said.

Victor Park ’22 also auditioned this past Monday. “The low-pressure environment also persuaded me to audition for SDC,” Park said. “I heard from others who did SDC in the past that they had a great experience bonding with their dance group and forming other meaningful connections.”